Japanese hotel robots can be hacked to spy on guests in their bedrooms

A Japanese hotel chain has had to update its in-room robots, after a security researcher discovered they could be easily hacked to allow anyone access to their camera and microphone.

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Smashing Security #150: Liverpool WAGs, Facebook politics, and a selfie stalker

Footballers’ wives go to war over Instagram leaks, it turns out fake news is fine on Facebook (just so long as it’s in a political ad), and things take a horrific turn in Japan, as a stalker uses a scary technique to find out where his pop idol lives.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Dave Bittner.

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Japan is developing a computer virus to fight cyberattacks, claim reports

According to a report in the Japan Times, the Japanese Defense Ministry is considering creating “its first ever computer virus… as a defense measure against cyberattacks.”

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Smashing Security #113: FaceTime, Facebook, faceplant

FaceTime bug allows callers to see and hear you *before* you answer the phone, Facebook’s Nick Clegg tries to convince us the social network is changing its ways, and IoT hacking is big in Japan.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by John Hawes from AMTSO.

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Nissan took down websites following Anonymous DDoS attacks

Nissan temporarily took down its websites earlier this week following a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks launched by the hacktivist group Anonymous. The reason? The DDoS attackers appear to have been protesting against the killing of dolphins in Japanese waters.

David Bisson reports.

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The utterly crazy story of the death threat hacker (involves a cat)

How did a cat lead to a notorious death threat hacker finally being caught and jailed in Japan?

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

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Hacked Japanese porn sites spread banking malware attack

Thinking of spending some time perusing Japanese porn websites before you do your online banking? Security researchers at ESET have analysed an organised malware campaign that stole the login credentials of online banking customers after infecting PCs that had visited X-rated websites.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security website.

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After losing 850,000 Bitcoins worth over $470 million, MtGox sets up a telephone hotline

MtGox, the Bitcoin exchange which dramatically shut its doors last week after it revealed hackers had stolen approximately $477 million worth of the digital currency, has opened a telephone hotline for affected customers.

But will your call be answered?

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22 million user IDs may be in the hands of hackers, after Yahoo Japan security breach

The call has gone out to Yahoo Japan’s 200 million users to change their passwords, after the company warned that it suspected hackers had managed to access a file containing 22 million user IDs.

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Selling a ship to North Korea? You might want to check you’ve wiped its data first

When Japan sold a decommissioned coast guard vessel to a pro-North Korea organisation, you might imagine that it would check that any data on its navigation system would be wiped beforehand.

Oh dear…

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Android porn malware leads to arrests in Japan

Six men have been arrested in connection with an app that infected Android smartphones, stole personal information and demanded that a fee was paid.

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Why Japan’s search-and-destroy cyber weapon could be a very bad idea

The Japanese Defense Ministry has awarded Fujitsu a multi-million dollar contract to develop a computer virus. But is it a good idea to fight fire with fire?

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Hackers steal data on nuclear plants and fighter jets

A high-tech military contractor, which suffered an attack from hackers earlier this year, is reported to have lost sensitive data related to defence equipment including fighter jet planes and nuclear power plant plans.

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Japanese parliament hit by cyber-attack

Hackers were able to snoop upon emails and steal passwords from computers belonging to lawmakers at the Japanese parliament for over a month, according to newspaper reports.

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Mac OS X Trojan hides behind malicious PDF disguise

A fascinating new example of Mac malware has been discovered, that appears to be adopting an old Windows-style disguise to fool users into running it.

It’s disguise? A controversial political dispute between China and Japan.

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China denies hacking high-tech weapon maker

Accusations fly that China may have been responsible for hacking a weapons maker, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is criticised for not reporting the attack to the Japanese defence ministry earlier.

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